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How much calcium do I need to prevent osteoporosis?

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The amount of calcium you need depends on your age. The Institute of Medicine recommends the following:

  • Adolescents should get 1,300 milligrams of calcium a day.
  • Adults from 19 to 50 years of age should get 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day.
  • Adult women over the age of 50 should get 1,200 milligrams of calcium a day.
  • Adult men should receive 1,000 milligrams up to age 70 and 1,200 milligrams after age 70.

SOURCES:

Shreyasee Amin, MD, rheumatologist, assistant professor of medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

Black, D. , May 3, 2007. NEJM

John Schousboe, MD, director, Park Nicollet Clinic Osteoporosis Center, St. Louis Park, Minn.; consultant rheumatologist, American College of Rheumatology.

Mulder, J. , 2006. Nat Clin Pract Endocrinol Metab

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Physician's Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis," "BMD Testing: What the Numbers Mean," "Osteoporosis in Men."

New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program: "Heredity."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health: "Osteoporosis."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Juvenile Osteoporosis."

WebMD Feature: "Exercise for Osteoporosis."

University of Arizona, College of Agriculture: "High Calcium Foods."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

SOURCES:

Shreyasee Amin, MD, rheumatologist, assistant professor of medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

Black, D. , May 3, 2007. NEJM

John Schousboe, MD, director, Park Nicollet Clinic Osteoporosis Center, St. Louis Park, Minn.; consultant rheumatologist, American College of Rheumatology.

Mulder, J. , 2006. Nat Clin Pract Endocrinol Metab

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Physician's Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis," "BMD Testing: What the Numbers Mean," "Osteoporosis in Men."

New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program: "Heredity."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health: "Osteoporosis."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Juvenile Osteoporosis."

WebMD Feature: "Exercise for Osteoporosis."

University of Arizona, College of Agriculture: "High Calcium Foods."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

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